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We have a 4 month old female doberman named Raven.  Trying to get thru the puppy stages and it isn't easy.  We live in central Alabama.  Crate training has been the method we've been trying to use but she still has some accidents.  Our biggest problem is house breaking and jumping.  I know things will get better.  We have a huge fenced in yard for her to play in.

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If both of you are gone during the day, it can be a tough time, but it will sink in after a while. Remember, that their bladders are small at this stage and their metabolism is high, which means that they have a lot of intake to sustain their energy, and that means output.

One thing I used to do is free feed and it caused trouble. By going to a specific time frame you control part of the process. When the dog is an adult, you can feed them twice a day, but when they are young, they need more. I feed my new 11 week old Princess 4 times a day, and she is up to 1 1/4 cups at a feeding. Since she finished it all rather quickly at her last feeding this evening, tomorrow we will bump it a bit more. Two weeks ago it was only 3/4 cup at a time. Keep a close eye on her for the first 5-15 minutes after she eats, and take her outside. When she makes a deposit make a big deal out of it. Praise her as if she has won the Westminister. When you first let her out of the crate, take her straight outside, and again in the evening right before bed.

Overnight expect damp bedding. I have it about half the time. If you are gone all day, expect damp bedding again. I use old towels, on top of a pad until she eats it. She is on her second, but now that she has additional toys in with her she is doing better. When you scold her, please don't yell at her, Dobes are very sensitive, and only a low voice disapproval is needed to get the message across. But, only use that if you find it quickly. If it happened a while back let it slide. Just keep a close eye on them. If you see them start to sniff out areas or start the "stiff legged" walk, they are getting ready. A shake can at the handy works great, it's a soda can that has been washed out and has a few pennies in it. I found my old one for when I trained my 6 year old male Red, but have not yet had to use it on Princess.

At four months they should be starting to get the message and by six be doing fairly well. Over the years, females are harder to get to quit piddling at strange times, but males are impossiible to quit marking, especially if you have more than one intact male in the house.

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:) Hi there
My puppy is also four months old. I guess im lucky that its summer here at the moment so the doors are open all the time.
I use a crate of a night time and Q has never fouled it. I work a 4 day week and keep Q in the kitchen with lots of toys. I had newspaper down the first couple of days but he has never peed inside. I work a 4 day week and take him for a good half hour walk before i leave...sucks getting up at 5.30 but thats my committment
Good luck with Raven....hehe does he follow you everywhere? Mine does. :)

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Q Tip said:

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hehe does he follow you everywhere? Mine does.

They all do. For the longest time I had this large red shadow (my 6 year old male) and now my shadow has his own smaller red shadow (my new 4 month old female). When I am sitting in the living room and he goes to check out something, he still has his shadow.